From: Gordon Mayne, Leeds.
I HAVE just watched an animation of the proposed routes for the new tramway in Leeds.
What is the point of this service? It serves potentially less than five to 10 per cent of the residents.
It is on a route already supported well by buses (and after all is said and done this tram is just a bus on tracks). The bulk of funding, if not all, is coming from our council tax (that of 100 per cent of the population of this great city).
Would it not have been better to place a few more strategically placed park-and-ride schemes (like York) which can service the whole city?
In a time of austerity, we are planning to spend money we don’t have on a scheme we don’t need.
Art of a good radio interview
From: Terry Duncan, Greame Road, Bridlington.
IT was uplifting to read that Radio Four’s Evan Davis was rebuked for his infantile interviewing technique, highlighted by his recent continued interruption of the Chancellor of the Exchequer following the Autumn Statement.
He should take a lesson from the doyen of the BBC’s Today programme, John Humphrys, who listens first to his possible victim’s replies, then stabs the poor person with his educated and trained tongue to paralyse the interviewee into submission.
Flags of friction
From: Dai Woosnam, Scartho, Grimsby.
THERE has been fighting over flags again, this time in Northern Ireland.
How I recoil from all flags and national anthems, even when draped over athletes’ shoulders at Olympic ceremonies. They’ve been the cause of so much friction. We should all have our roots in rootlessness, and favour the invisible flag.
Every time I see a flagless flagpole, my eyes mist over and I feel a great sense of pride. I say to myself “hooray, they are flying my flag today”.